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The articles presented here are for the education and enjoyment of the Systema community. The writers are solely responsible for the content and such content may not completely reflect the views of Russian Martial Art Systema by Vladimir Vasiliev. Any training conducted by you is at your sole risk.

Below is a list of articles with the most recent ones listed first.

Systema Training Konstantin Komarov

The Bottom Line

by Konstantin Komarov Published: March 16, 2010

What is most important in any art? For an artist, musician, or poet, it's inspiration: the state of the soul, which can hardly be expressed in words. Yet, without it there is no art, only craft. So, what is the key to martial arts? Is it strength? Agility? Stamina? Perhaps, the knowledge of secret techniques? I do not think so. To illustrate it, let me share an observation. Quite recently, I was lucky enough to work with a team of personal bodyguards protecting a high-ranked official. These guys were creme-de-la-creme, "the elite". […]

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Systema Training Vladimir Vasiliev

How to Teach Systema - Interview with Vladimir Vasiliev

by Vladimir Vasiliev Published: March 16, 2010

Question: We can see that Systema keeps rapidly growing. Many people enjoy practicing Systema and eagerly share it. It would be helpful if you gave some guidelines and directions to those who teach Systema as Certified Instructors and those who share Systema training informally with friends, colleagues and family members.Answer: I agree, this is a much needed topic to discuss. With the growth of Systema, we are moving to a deeper level of understanding, this makes our discussions and training more interesting. […]

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Systema Training Sharon Friedman

Everything is a Gift

by Sharon Friedman Published: October 27, 2009

It was hard to even shout over the din of the heavy machine guns firing at us. I think there were at least fifteen of them and the bullets flying bright red in the night like swarms of angry hornets were mesmerizing like a force of nature. The granite boulders served as a giant labyrinth to climb up in and sharp shards were flying everywhere. I do not know if the thought was really mine but out of nowhere I shouted to my friends "Hay, at least it is not raining" and we all started to laugh as we tumbled and rolled from boulder to boulder. […]

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Systema Training Kwan Lee

Strength and Flexibility... Two Birds, One Stone

by Kwan Lee Published: October 13, 2009

Strength and flexibility... these are two things that everyone wants to develop and improve but are rarely combined together in proper balance. A major hurdle for most beginning Systema practitioners is understanding the nature of tension in their bodies and being able to relax parts of the body that are not needed while working alone or with partners. […]

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Systema Training Martin Wheeler

Why Systema?

by Martin Wheeler Published: September 08, 2009

Over the recent years I have read with interest on the internet back and forth as to the validity of training in Systema by observers who have only viewed experts in the art on YouTube or video. Usually a comparison is made to the most visual of fighting arts, mixed martial arts. The same types of questions are posted over and over again, "Why do they train slowly? Why does this look way too easy? Why did that guy fall over and seem unable to get back up?" And I read with equal interest the various ways in which the art is defended by practitioners of Systema. […]

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